by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The very policies designed to help black Americans are actually actively hurting them, says Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley in his new book “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”
Riley looks at some of the policies implemented in the past 50 years to help poor minorities — minimum wage laws, affirmative action and limiting school choice — and argues they did more harm than good. For example, he argues that minimum wage laws caused [sic] a disproportionate number of black Americans their jobs, so that black labor-participation rates are lower now than they were in the Jim Crow era.
What those policies have done is foster an excessive dependence on government in the black community, he says in the book, which the Democratic Party and opportunistic black leaders are using to further their own agenda.
“Democrats have a vested interest in black dependency on government,” Riley told The Daily Caller. “It’s one way that Democrats keep blacks loyal — they present themselves as the party who gives people things.”
Riley especially laments the liberal emphasis on identity politics and victimhood, because he argues there are bigger problems facing the community. ”I think black culture — attitudes toward education, work, law enforcement, etc. — is a much bigger barrier to black success today than any residual white racism,” he said.